Black Lotus (company)

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Black Lotus
Institutionally owned [1]
Industry Information security [2]
Founded 1999[3]
Founder Jeffrey Lyon[3]
Key people
Arman Khalili (CEO) [4]
Products DDoS protection [1]
Revenue
  • Increase US$ 3.9 million (2013) [5]
  • Increase US$ 2.1 million (2012) [5]
Website www.blacklotus.net

Black Lotus is a provider of DDoS protection services with headquarters in San Francisco and operations in Los Angeles, California.[1] In June 2014, the company commenced global operations by launching DDoS mitigation facilities in Amsterdam and Ashburn, Virginia.[6] It's major competitors include Prolexic and Verisign.[7]

Background[edit]

Jeffrey Lyon launched the company in 1999.[3] In 2013, Black Lotus was acquired by Industry Capital Advisors, LLC.[8] The company has raised a total of $9.5 million since the acquisition.[9]

Technology[edit]

Black Lotus provides DDoS mitigation services through a network built on Juniper brand hardware,[10] proprietary DDoS detection and mitigation solutions as well as hardware appliances from multiple security solutions providers.

Controversy[edit]

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting the controversial Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket the funerals of shooting victims, blaming the tragedy on same-sex marriage legislation. In response, Hacktivist group Anonymous asked Black Lotus to stop providing DDoS protection services to the organization.[11] The company responded by donating all revenue received from the church to charity and is currently a major donor to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Black Lotus". Black Lotus Communications. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Casaretto, John (27 January 2014). "Black Lotus delivers DDoS and network protection for all". Silicon Angle. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jeffrey Lyon: Commanding Innovation at Black Lotus". Ping! Zine. February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Management Team". Black Lotus Communications. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Black Lotus Communications - Los Angeles, CA". Inc. (magazine). Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Black Lotus Communications: New Scrubbing Centers Live in Virginia and Amsterdam". Highbeam Research. 21 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Ungerleider, Neal (12 April 2013). "The DDoS Protection Squad". Fast Company. 
  8. ^ "Industry Capital Advisors, LLC - Private Company Information". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Black Lotus". Crunchbase. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Black Lotus Simplifies Operations With A High Performance, Resilient Network". Juniper Networks. January 2014. 
  11. ^ Boone, Jeb (22 December 2012). "Hired by the Westboro Baptist Church, web security provider to donate revenue raised to charity". Global Post. 
  12. ^ "Corporations & Foundations". The Trevor Project. Retrieved 3 August 2014.